Good sentences about Godzilla

In movie after movie, people merely ran away from the stampeding monster, and no one tried to face up to the issue of accountability, he said.

Those are the words of the new director for the series.


I'm not sure that is even correct, let alone a good sentence. People think about the campy Godzilla and cheesy merchandizing, but the original 1954 Godzilla was such a cultural phenomenon because it served as a metaphor of the powerlessness felt by Japan after being hit by 2 nuclear bombs followed by almost a decade of military occupation.

It was very much a story about accountability, where there is a parallel between the sin of testing nuclear weapons and the sin of Japan fighting WW II. Then a parallel between suffering the destruction of buildings by Godzilla, or by fat man and little boy. Then they impotently ran from the stampeding monster in the same way that they became powerless at the hands of the occupying US Army.

Correct and I'd add the firebombing of Tokyo and other Japanese cities as part of Godzilla's inspiration. The atom bombs were dropped on just two cities; the incendiary bombs were dropped on so many cities that the US Air Force was running out of targets to hit. It's likely that more people died in a single night of Tokyo's fire-bombing than died at Hiroshima. That memory of running through the streets of their burning cities is clearly reflected in the havoc that Godzilla wreaks: he didn't blast cities the way an A-bomb did; he burned them the way the incendiary bombs did.

Higuchi did a wonderful job working the effects on the 90s Gamera trilogy and his one Godzilla movie. I wish they could get Shusuke Kaneko, who actually directed those films, back, but apparently he got fed up with studio interference and decided he'd never do Godzilla again.

that blonde, who asked king kong, "who's going 2pay for this?"

Sounds about like a blonde.

In the Matthew Broderick Godzilla isn't Jean Reno's team a bunch of French intelligence operatives tasked with cleaning up the mess that emerged from French nuclear tests. That seems like accountability.

Cloverfield is the best Godzilla movie?

But sure, good quote, explore accountability, but don't go so low as "die hard, with a lizard."

"Cloverfield is the best Godzilla movie?"

A potentially good movie killed by the shaky cam fad.

I enjoyed the most recent Hollywood movie. In the theater we were sitting next to some 8 - 10 year old's and as Godzilla waded back into the ocean one of them said "He saved us all, we'll be forever greatful". Now this is in the Bay area so maybe it hits close to home, but they were on the edge of their seats for sure. Next generation of fans.

Why do people keep shooting rifle shots at Godzilla after they see a tank shell bounce off of him?

Bring back Baby Godzilla!

"Why do people keep shooting rifle shots at Godzilla after they see a tank shell bounce off of him?"
Hope springs eternal.

Running characters provoke a different emotional reaction (broadly speaking, fear) in the audience than fiesty, courageous characters.

Films work via a kind of complicated cognitive-emotional osmosis, if you will. (We can quibble about the terminology.) Ergo, the more helpless and fear-filled the characters on-screen are, the better the film will succeed qua horror/thriller.

A swing and a miss

Maybe it's just me, but running away from a stampeding Godzilla seems like a pretty solid plan, much better than worrying about accountability (best done when Godzilla is not about to step on you or fry you to a crisp).

"In Japan, radiation creates monsters (Godzilla) and in America radiation creates superheroes."

-- read on the internet

"Hollywood movies can count on million-dollar budgets, but even the most expensive Japanese films get only about a third of a million dollars, said Maeda."

Is this right? Pretty astonishing how much lower budget Japanese movies are. Hard to imagine making a big FX-driven blockbuster on 300k. That's a lot cheaper than an American indie movie.

Looks like nonsense. According to Wikipedia, last Japanese Gozilla movie (2004) had a budget of $20m, the one before that $12m.

Perhaps it got garbled in translation/editing, and meant to say a third of the budget for an equivalent American movie.

It is ironic that the article is quoting Yuichi Maeda, who slashed Higuchi' s movie currently in theater (Attack of the Titan) and had a twitter feud with the director, in order to show Higuchi is the logical choice for directing a next Godzilla movie..

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